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Black & Decker TO1303SB 4-Slice Toaster Oven Review

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Price: $29 - $40

Amazon's #1 best selling toaster oven, the Black & Decker TO1303SB, is a great low budget option for those that want a simple oven to bake or toast small items.

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Features and Specifications

  • 1200 watts
  • Dimensions: 10.75 x 14.5  x 8.8 inches
  • Convection: No
  • Slice capacity: 4 slices
  • Functions: warm, broil, bake, toast
  • Black exterior with stainless steel front panel
  • Fits a 9″ pizza (may not fit a 9″ pizza pan)
  • 30 minute timer
  • Power indicator light
  • One heating element on top and bottom
  • Includes a broil rack and bake pan
  • Front access removable crumb tray
  • 3 prong grounded plug
  • 2 year limited warranty

Video Review of the Black and Decker TO1303SB

Aesthetics

The Black & Decker TO130SB is housed in a black casing with a stainless steel front panel. It is your standard three knob toaster oven and should blend in nicely with any kitchen. It leaves a small footprint, which is great for kitchens with little space.

Toasting & Cooking

There are four cooking functions on this oven: warm, broil, bake, and toast.  All of them do what they state and perform their functions rather well.

The warm function is perfect for keeping food warm until you are ready to serve it. This feature comes in very handy. Additionally, only the top heating element is used.

As a broiler, it is perfect for small things.  There is not a whole lot of free height space, so you will be limited to broiling small items.  That being said, it does a wonderful job at it and is much faster than having to fire up your big oven. This also just uses the top heating element.

For baking, the unit uses both the top and bottom elements, and performs its function as good as one might expect at this price.   Again, there isn’t much height to work with so keep that in mind if you’re baking something that is going to rise.  It will accommodate two baked potatoes, to give you an idea of the space.

As with just about any turn dial toaster oven, you will experience some inconsistency with toast results.  You will probably have to experiment a few times with the settings to find what works for your taste and keep an eye on it as it is easy to go either too dark or too light. Once you find where to put the dial, however, you should be happy with the results. Both elements are used during the toast cycle, and it should be noted that the bottom side will look slightly different from the top side as a result of resting on the wire rack.

Also of importance is the size.  It says “4-slice” but this only pertains to regular size sandwich slices and with this, it is a very snug fit. If you use anything other than your standard white bread slices, you won’t be putting in four slices…expect more like two slices.

Using the Black & Decker TO130SB

While this toaster oven probably could have gotten bye with just two dials, it has three.  The top dial controls the temperature, which goes up to 450°, the second or middle dial sets the cooking function (warm, broil, bake, and toast), and the bottom dial is the timer and toast shade selector.

It is pretty straight forward and simple to use. The only thing you must know is that to toast, you must first select the top dial to toast, then make sure the middle dial has toast selected, and then on the bottom dial you need to turn the knob to 10 and then back to your desired shade.  There is no way to keep your toast setting, so each time you must manually put it to where you want it. This is where the inconsistency comes into play.

It is important to note that the first few times you use the oven, there is a good chance that it will emit some fumes and give off a slight odor.  This is normal, but some people find this bothersome.

This unit has a front access pull out crumb tray for easy cleaning.

Like other toaster ovens, this unit will get hot, so avoid leaving items on top of it. However, you shouldn’t worry about the bottom being hot enough to damage your counter.

As a safety precaution, this oven comes with a grounded 3 prong plug and a short electrical cord.  Most ovens these days come with short cords, so expect this with just about any toaster oven and keep it in mind when you are thinking about where to place it.

It has a 30 minute timer and if you need a longer time then is also a stay on mode.

Customer Wishes & Complaints

One of the common complaints found with this oven is the smell that it has during the first couple of uses.  Again, this is normal and not something to worry about. However, it can be a little annoying.

The rack doesn’t automatically slide out when you open the door. Therefore, you must be more careful when placing items or taking items out of the hot oven.

Summary

There is a reason why the Black & Decker TO1303SB is the number one selling toaster oven on Amazon (at least as of 1/11/2015).  It is very affordable and satisfies most peoples expectations and needs at this price point.  It is not the greatest oven with a lot of bells and whistles, but it gets the job done at a price people are happy with.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Satisfies basic toaster oven needs
  • Easy to use
  • Small footprint

Cons

  • No automatic pull out rack
  • Small size limits cooking options

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